Meet Hobart Lewis


I was born and raised here in Greenville County in the Poe Mill Community. I attended Cone Elementary, Lakeview Middle, and Travelers Rest High School. After High School I joined the US Army and served from 1989 to 1995. I have been married to Angie (Custer) Lewis for twenty five years and we have two wonderful teenage children: John (24) and Maddie (20). Since meeting my wife in 1991, I have attended White Oaks Baptist Church where I have served as a deacon since 2003. I have been blessed beyond measure to live in this area with our entire family. My parents live in Taylors and my sister and her family live in the Greer area.


Law enforcement has always been a part of my life and I have always had an interest in serving my community through a law enforcement capacity. This interest was developed as I watched my dad work with the City Police here in Greenville and also at the Sheriff's Office. I joined the Greenville County Sheriff's Office Cadet Program in 1986 under the supervision of Brian and Christine Donnelly. I was able to be around Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown and the Sheriff's Office during its first Accreditation phase and was able to see the impact the Sheriff's Office had on our community.

In 1994 the Lord opened the door for me at the Greer Police Department. I began my career there and was able to grow and move up the ranks as the Department changed with a newly hired Chief of Police. I served as a Patrolman, Corporal, and a Sergeant. I served as a Uniform Patrol Sergeant, Traffic Sergeant, Community Patrol Sergeant, and was the Tactical Team Commander.

After ten years at the Greer Police Department and with two small children, my wife and I decided to change direction and work a consistent daytime schedule so that she could return to college and obtain her teaching certificate. I had previous experience in the HVAC field so I was able to go back into the mechanical field, which allowed my wife to return to school.

Shortly after she obtained her teaching certificate I had the opportunity to return to Law Enforcement at the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. I worked in Uniform Patrol before transferring to the Traffic Unit. While at the Sheriff's Office, it was immediately apparent that new leadership was needed to carry this agency into the future. With this in mind I began to recognize the chance to make a positive change and the opportunity to be your next Sheriff of Greenville County.


  • Basic Law Enforcement SCCJA
  • Field Training Officer
  • Traffic Reconstruction SCCJA
  • Advanced DUI
  • Basic Instructor Development SCCJA
  • Taser Instructor
  • Tactical Team Instructor (H&K)
  • Tactical Team Incident Command (IACP)
  • Bias Based Policing (CICP)
  • L.E. Prevention and Deterrence of Terrorist Acts
  • Threat and Risk Assessment Course (DHS)
  • Drug Interdiction for Commercial Vehicles

Affiliations and Community Service

  • Tyger Lodge 190
  • Volunteered services for Habitat for Humanity
  • Police Benevolent Association
  • Greer Recreation Board
  • Volunteer Greenville